FOX NEWS: Pets can help owners manage mental illness

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Release date: 20/12/2016

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Pets could play an active role in the treatment of their owners’ long-term mental health problems, according to authors of a small study in the United Kingdom.

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TitleFOX NEWS: Pets can help owners manage mental illness
Degree of recognitionInternational
Media name/outletFOX NEWS
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited States
Date20/12/16
DescriptionPets could play an active role in the treatment of their owners’ long-term mental health problems, according to authors of a small study in the United Kingdom.

Researchers found that many pets were seen as the most valuable and central social support in owners’ lives, often providing secure relationships not available through human ties.

“Although the value of therapy animals for mental health problems is well documented, the nature of the role pets play in the everyday management of serious mental illness is underexplored,” said lead study author Helen Brooks of the University of Manchester.
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PersonsHelen Brooks